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9:40 AM ET, September 25, 2012


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Darren Samuelsohn / Reuters:
Veterans retreating from Barack Obama  —  President Barack Obama is trying hard to win veterans, but it looks like they'd prefer a new commander in chief.  —  The Obama campaign had been hoping that veterans and their families — especially among the post-Sept. 11 generation that served …
Washington Post:
Washington Post polls: Obama lead in Ohio, edge in Fla. hamper Romney path to victory  —  President Obama has grabbed a significant lead over Mitt Romney in Ohio and holds a slender edge in Florida, according to two new polls by the Washington Post that indicate there are fresh hurdles …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ryan says under Obama, Middle East looks like ‘1979 Tehran’  —  Paul Ryan delivered a blistering speech against President Obama on foreign policy Monday, saying because of the president's policies, the Middle East looks like Tehran during the mob protests on the U.S. embassy in 1979.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
The GOP Wasted 4 Years on the Wrong Critique of Obama's Foreign Policy
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be “eliminated”  —  (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be “eliminated,” ignoring a U.N. warning to avoid incendiary rhetoric ahead of the annual General Assembly session.
Nancy Cordes / CBS News:
For Obama, diplomacy gets back seat to campaign
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Denounce Libya Violence in U.N. Address
Discussion: The Reaction
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
White House defends position on Israel, Iran
Discussion: and Israel Matzav
Susan B. Glasser / Foreign Policy:
Breakfast with Ahmadinejad  —  Iran's president meets the press.
Piers Morgan sits down with Iranian President Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Politico
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Romney Doesn't Understand Why You Can't Roll Down Windows On A Plane … On Monday, Mitt Romney offered a remedy to the problem that caused his wife's airplane to land prematurely last week: Allow passengers to roll down the airplane windows.  —  Ann Romney's plane was grounded Friday after the main cabin filled with smoke.
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Mitt Romney pulls in $6 million at Beverly Hills fundraiser
Mark Felsenthal / Reuters:
Obama offers himself up as ‘eye candy’ on ‘The View’  —  * President aims to connect with women, a key voting block  —  * Obama says problems in economy won't be solved overnight  —  President Barack Obama on Monday sought to woo women voters at a taping of the daytime talk show “The View …
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:   On ‘The View,’ Obama Discusses Mideast Unrest
Terrence Dopp / Political Capital:
Christie on Romney: If Election Were Tomorrow ‘That Would Be a Problem’  —  Photograph by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images  —  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the 2012 Republican National Convention.  —  Republican Mitt Romney has been forced to take a more aggressive tack …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Christie On Romney's ‘Bad Week’: If Election Day Were Tomorrow, ‘That Would Be A Problem’
Wall Street Journal:
The 10% President  —  The annotated Obama: How 90% of the deficit becomes somebody else's fault.  —  A question raised by President Obama's immortal line on CBS's “60 Minutes” on Sunday—"I think that, you know, as President, I bear responsibility for everything, to some degree"—is what that degree really is.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Conservatives Embrace Alternate Polling Reality  —  Dean Chambers, founder of, has reweighted national polling data based on Rasmussen partisan trends.  His results give Romney a wide lead.  —  Via:  —  Republicans have taken their complaints …
Michael B. Mukasey / Wall Street Journal:
Will Obama Free the Blind Sheik?  —  The theologian of terrorism inspired the 1993 and 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.  The White House should state clearly that he will serve out his life term in the U.S.  —  Are senior Obama administration officials considering transferring to Egypt …
Discussion: Power Line, Instapundit and Althouse
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Harry Reid: Mitt Romney is not the face of Mormonism  —  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he agrees with a fellow Mormon who wrote recently that Mitt Romney has “sullied” the LDS faith and that the GOP presidential candidate is “not the face of Mormonism.”
Alan Jacobs / The American Conservative:
Ancient (and Modern) Ignorance  —  I suppose the thing I most enjoy about religion commentary in the New York Times is the serenity of its ignorance.  All sorts of NYT writers just say stuff about religion, without much caring whether any of it is true.  A lovely recent example is this column …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Opinionator
Kyle Olson /
Complaints Mount Against Michelle Obama's New Lunch Menu  —  In Wisconsin, high school athletes are complaining about not getting enough to eat each day, due to the skimpy new school lunch menu mandated by the United States Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are sparring over how best to address U.S. challenges abroad in nearly back-to-back addresses at the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting.  —  Following deadly anti-American protests in Muslim countries over the past two weeks …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Women Earn Less Than Men In 97 Percent Of Congressional Districts  —  Women are earning less than men in 97 percent of Congressional districts, the National Partnership for Women and Families has calculated.  That means that only 13 members of Congress have the privilege of representing …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
‘Top-Two’ Election Change in California Upends Races  —  PLEASANTON, Calif. — Running against the Vietnam War, Representative Pete Stark entered Congress the year Richard M. Nixon was re-elected president.  Since then, ensconced in Democratic strongholds here in the Bay Area, Mr. Stark was easily re-elected 19 times.
Hillary Clinton Aide Tells Reporter To “F**k Off” And “Have A Good Life”  —  As the State Department's story about what happened in Benghazi crumbles, Clinton's personal spokesperson, Philippe Reines, loses his temper.  “Have a good day.  And by good day I mean F**k Off.”  —  Clinton and Reines in China in 2010.
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Obama campaign had twice the staff as Romney last month at same cost  —  (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images / September 22, 2012)  —  This post has been updated, as indicated below.  —  WASHINGTON — One of the big challenges Mitt Romney faced after effectively clinching the GOP presidential nomination …
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Todd Akin: Constituents Who Want My Attention Should ‘Write Me A Decent Check’  —  Rep. Todd Akin's (R-MO) Senate campaign has struggled to rebound after his claim that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape” led to a drop in fundraising and GOP establishment support.
Brett Norman / Politico:
War of words on Medicare Advantage  —  The Obama administration will announce later this week that the quality of private Medicare plans is on the rise, thanks to an $8 billion demonstration project that pays them bonuses for good performance.  —  And Republicans say that same project …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jed Lewison / Daily Kos:
More Mitt Romney science: He believes University of Utah ‘solved’ cold fusion  —  Captain Seamus in December 2011 (audio clip below the fold), rolling down the window on what he believes to be true about cold fusion: … Um.  I'll be gentle here.  Other than to point out this New York Times article …
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Peter Kirsanow / National Review:
Why Isn't Romney Up by Ten Points?
Discussion: Vodkapundit
New York Times:
A Measure of Change: Arab Spring Proves a Harsh Test for Obama's Diplomatic Skill
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Cyber Attack
Discussion: AEIdeas
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Citizens United accounts for 78% of 2012 election spending, study shows
Sandi Doughton / The Seattle Times:
State's first case of ‘zombie bees’ reported in Kent
Discussion: The Agonist
Patrick Poole / The PJ Tatler:
Leaders of Kansas City Muslim group petition Obama to limit free speech of American citizens
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Rupar / The Blotter:
Rep. Mary Franson on homosexuality: ‘I personally do not believe it is normal behavior’ [VIDEO]
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Gary Johnson Sues To Get Into Presidential Debates
Discussion: Newsy and Outside the Beltway
Jay Solomon / Washington Wire:
Ahmadinejad Asks: Where Is Salman Rushdie Now?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers